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Legal news from Saturday, December 6, 2008
by Lucas Tanglen

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sought to prohibit government censorship of prisoners' testimony about alleged torture and abuse at Guantanamo Bay in a motion filed Friday in military commission proceedings against five "high value detainees" accused of involvement in the 9/11 attacks. The motion says …

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by Lucas Tanglen

The Kenyan government on Friday published a bill calling for a constitutional amendment allowing the replacement of the controversial Electoral Commission of Kenya which oversaw the re-election of President Mwai Kibaki in December 2007, leading to massive demonstrations and more than 1,000 deaths. Justice Minister Martha Karua said the country's parliament could pass the bill …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev Friday signed into law legislation authorizing the creation of a DNA database for convicted criminals, according to reports. Under the law, passed by the State Duma on November 19 and approved by the Council of Federation on November 26, authorities are allowed to collect and retain DNA [AP …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has indicted five Blackwater USA guards involved in the September 2007 killings of 17 Iraqi civilians, according to reports. The Associated Press reported that sealed indictments were issued Thursday, and will remain sealed until at least Monday. While the indictments had been …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Friday ruled that an Egyptian Christian who could face torture in Egypt may challenge his deportation from the United States. Sameh Khouzam fled to the US in 1998 allegedly to escape religious persecution. American …

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